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switching tiresblkberry
Sep 28, 2002 6:13 PM
Hi All.
Just picked up a WTB terrainasaurus tire to replace the frt. tire i blew last night on the Chicago Critical Mass ride and was wondering should i put the new tire on the rear and the rear tire in the front? My Specialized XC is about a month old and came with specialized cross baldy tires so the rear tire is fairly new. The cross baldy is 100psi and the wtb terrainasaurus is 80psi.
The WTB tires are great...Black Johnny
Sep 29, 2002 12:31 PM
You should get a pair! I have been running Mich. Muds and made the switch to 32/30's when I wanted to do more commuting on my M4. I have a pair of the same tire in the 40/40 width but they wont fit between the chainstays of the M4. They roll really smooth at 80psi then drop them down to 40ish and they are sweet in the dirt. Kind of a heavy tire but rides very, very good in the dry conditions that I have been riding in. The weather is just beginning to chage here in Portland and I haven't had the chance to get them out in the mud yet to see how they are there but otherwise they are grand.

re: switching tiresSteve_O
Sep 30, 2002 6:16 AM
If you are doing mostly commuting then put the WTB on the rear. I find that my rear tire wears out 2x as fast as my front tire; however, I know the tread is fairly thick on the WTB so it should take some time...

Believe it or not I think I've seen you cranking along on this bike several weeks ago at the Lincoln/Damen/Irving Park intersection. I live in that area and remember seeing a Specialized CX with crazy bar tape riding by one day... Small world!
re: switching tiresblkberry
Sep 30, 2002 8:37 AM
That was me. It truly is a small world. I live the area.
Sep 30, 2002 10:08 AM
If you ever want to take that sweet bike offroad let me know.

I commute from that intersection up to Niles on a daily basis so I spend a lot of time on Lincoln Avenue. Usually on the way home from work I get in some offroad riding in the LaBagh Woods area out by Foster and I-94... There are 4-5 miles of trails that are ideal for CX bikes.